Quite often, people make sacrifices and work hard to benefit their loved ones. This is the reason why so many people come to the United States, often without their families, seeking opportunity.
One man's efforts to provide for his family ended prematurely as he passed away from injuries he sustained in a Pennsylvania construction accident. Poor safety conditions at the worksite have been suggested as a possible explanation for the incident. An investigation led by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and local officials is ongoing.
On a recent afternoon, the Philadelphia-based bricklayer was hoisting a bucket up three stories while he was working on scaffolding. As he raised the bucket, it hit a power line and the 32-year-old construction worker then made contact with the same power line. The man fell to the ground, where he passed away.
A co-worker saw the terrible incident occur first-hand. He made a valiant effort to prevent the fall, but his attempt did not succeed.
The man's family remembers him fondly as a hard-working person who sent all of the money he earned to his family in Mexico. His sister-in-law, who spoke about the man's death, indicated that the family always held concerns about the worksite's overall safety. The woman wondered why the workers were not equipped with belts that would prevent them from falling several stories.
Hopefully the investigation into the incident will illuminate more details as to what exactly led to the man's death. If the man's employer was cutting corners with safety, hopefully they will be held accountable and work to improve conditions for all employees. Employees have the right to feel adequately protected when they are at work.
As is the case in many fatal workplace accidents, the man's survivors may be entitled to workers' compensation death benefits. The entire family will no doubt be devastated, in so many ways, by this unexpected tragedy. Workers' compensation survivor's benefits are helpful for families to get back on their feet and try to adjust to life without their loved one.
Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Worker Electrocuted After His Bucket Hits Live Wires," Dan Stamm, Karen Araiza, Claudia Rivero and David Chang, April 30, 2012